List of England Test cricket records

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This is a list of English Test cricket records. It concentrates on records of the England Cricket Team and of the performances of cricketers playing for that team. England played in the first Test match against Australia on 15 March 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which Australia won by 45 runs. As of 13 November 2016, England have played 979 Tests.

In general the top ten are listed in each category (except when there is a tie for the last place among the ten, when all the tied record holders are noted).

Listing notation[edit]

Team Notation

  • (300-3) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets and the innings was closed, either due to a successful run chase or if no playing time remained.
  • (300-3d) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets, and declared its innings closed.
  • (300) indicates that a team scored 300 runs and was all out, either by losing all ten wickets or by having one or more batsmen unable to bat and losing the remaining wickets.

Batting Notation

  • (100) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was out.
  • (100*) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was not out.

Bowling Notation

  • (5-100) indicates that a bowler has captured five wickets while giving away 100 runs.

Currently playing

  • Record holders who are currently playing Test cricket (i.e. their record details listed could change) are shown in bold.

Team records[edit]

Team wins, losses, ties and draws[edit]

Matches played[edit]

Team 1st Test Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied  % Won
 England March, 1877 983 351 289 343 0 35.70
Source:[1]. Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Results summary[edit]

Opposition Span Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied  % Won
 Australia 1877–2015 341 108 140 93 0 31.67
 Bangladesh 2003–2016 10 9 1 0 0 90.00
 India 1932–2016 117 43 25 49 0 36.75
 New Zealand 1930–2015 101 48 9 44 0 47.52
 Pakistan 1954–2016 81 24 20 37 0 29.62
 South Africa 1889–2016 145 58 32 55 0 40.00
 Sri Lanka 1982–2016 31 12 8 11 0 38.70
 West Indies 1928–2015 151 46 54 50 0 30.46
 Zimbabwe 1996–2003 6 3 0 3 0 50.00
Source:[2]. Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Highest scores[edit]

Rank Score Opposition Venue Place Season Result
1 903/7d vs.  Australia The Oval England London 1938 Won
2 849 vs.  West Indies Sabina Park West Indies Cricket Board Kingston, Jamaica 1929/30 Draw
3 710/7d vs.  India Edgbaston England Birmingham 2011 Won
4 658/8d vs.  Australia Trent Bridge England Nottingham 1938 Draw
5 654/5 vs.  South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead South Africa Durban 1938/39 Draw
6 653/4d vs.  India Lord's England London 1990 Won
7 652/7d vs.  India Chepauk Stadium India Chennai 1984/85 Won
8 644 vs.  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 2010/11 Won
9 636 vs.  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 1928/29 Won
10 633/5d vs.  India Edgbaston England Birmingham 1979 Won
Source:[3]. Last updated: 7 August 2016.

Lowest scores[edit]

Rank Score Opposition Venue Place Season Result
1 45 v  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 1886/87 Won
2 46 v  West Indies Queen's Park Oval Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain 1994 Lost
3 51 v  West Indies Sabina Park Jamaica Kingston 2009 Lost
4 52 v  Australia The Oval England London 1948 Lost
5 53 v  Australia Lord's England London 1888 Lost
6 61 v  Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne 1903/04 Lost
61 v  Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne 1901/02 Lost
8 62 v  Australia Lord's England London 1888 Lost
9 64 v  New Zealand Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington 1977/78 Lost
10 65 v  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 1894/95 Won
Source:[4]. Last updated: 7 August 2016.

Greatest win margins (by innings)[edit]

Rank Margin Opposition Venue Place Season
1 Innings and 579 runs vs.  Australia The Oval England London 1938
2 Innings and 285 runs vs.  India Lord's England London 1974
3 Innings and 283 runs vs.  West Indies Headingley England Leeds 2007
4 Innings and 261 runs vs.  Bangladesh Lord's England London 2005
5 Innings and 244 runs vs.  India The Oval England London 2014
6 Innings and 242 runs vs.  India Edgbaston England Birmingham 2011
7 Innings and 237 runs vs.  West Indies The Oval England London 1957
8 Innings and 230 runs vs.  Australia Adelaide Oval Australia Adelaide 1891/92
9= Innings and 225 runs vs.  Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne 1911/12
Innings and 225 runs vs.  Pakistan Lord's England London 2010
Source:[5]. Last updated: 7 August 2016.

Greatest win margins (by runs)[edit]

Rank Margin Opposition Venue Place Season
1 675 runs vs.  Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground Australia Brisbane 1928/29
2 354 runs vs.  Pakistan Trent Bridge England Nottingham 2010
3 347 runs vs.  Australia Lord's England London 2013
4 338 runs vs.  Australia Adelaide Oval Australia Adelaide 1932/33
5 330 runs vs.  Pakistan Old Trafford England Manchester 2016
6 329 runs vs.  Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Bangladesh Chittagong 2003/04
7 322 runs vs.  Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground Australia Brisbane 1936/37
8 319 runs vs.  India Trent Bridge England Nottingham 2011
9 312 runs vs.  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town 1956/57
10 299 runs vs.  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 1970/71
Source:[5]. Last updated: 7 August 2016.

Greatest win margins (by 10 wickets)[edit]

Rank Opponent No. wins Most recent venue Most recent place Season
1  South Africa 6 Lord's England London 1951
2=  West Indies 4 Lord's England Birmingham 2009
 India 4 Brabourne Stadium India Mumbai 2012/13
4  Australia 3 Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 1932/33
5  Pakistan 2 Trent Bridge England Nottingham 1967
6  Sri Lanka 1 Old Trafford England Manchester 2002
Note: England has won a Test match by 10 wickets on 20 occasions.

Source:[5]. Last updated: 7 August 2016.

Individual records[edit]

Most Tests as Captain[edit]

Name Years As Captain Total Won Lost Draw Tied
Alastair Cook 2010–2017 59 24 22 13 -
Michael Atherton 1993–2001 54 13 21 20 -
Michael Vaughan 2003–2008 51 26 11 14 -
Andrew Strauss 2006–2012 50 24 11 15 -
Nasser Hussain 1999–2003 45 17 15 13 -
Peter May 1955–1961 41 20 10 11 -
Graham Gooch 1988–1993 34 10 12 12 -
David Gower 1982–1989 32 5 18 9 -
Mike Brearley 1977–1981 31 18 4 9 -
Ray Illingworth 1969–1973 31 12 5 14 -
Source:[6] Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Most Test career appearances[edit]

Rank Appearances Player Span
1 140 Alastair Cook 2006–present
2 133 Alec Stewart 1990–2003
3 122 James Anderson 2003–present
4 118 Ian Bell 2004–2015
Graham Gooch 1975–1995
6 117 David Gower 1978–1992
7 115 Michael Atherton 1989–2001
8 114 Colin Cowdrey 1954–1975
9 108 Geoffrey Boycott 1964–1982
10 104 Kevin Pietersen 2005–2014
Source:.[7] Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Most Test career runs[edit]

Rank Runs Player Matches Average Career Span
1 11,057 Alastair Cook 140 46.45 2006–present
2 8,900 Graham Gooch 118 42.58 1975–1995
3 8,463 Alec Stewart 133 39.54 1990–2003
4 8,231 David Gower 117 44.25 1978–1992
5 8,181 Kevin Pietersen 104 47.28 2005–2014
6 8,114 Geoff Boycott 108 47.72 1964–1982
7 7,728 Michael Atherton 115 37.69 1989–2001
8 7,727 Ian Bell 118 42.69 2004–2015
9 7,624 Colin Cowdrey 114 44.06 1954–1975
10 7,249 Wally Hammond 85 58.45 1927–1947
Source:.[8] Last updated: Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Most Test career centuries[edit]

Rank Hundreds Player Matches Runs Average Career Span
1 30 Alastair Cook 140 11,057 46.45 2006–present
2 23 Kevin Pietersen 104 8,181 47.28 2005–2014
3 22 Wally Hammond 85 7,249 58.45 1927–1947
22 Colin Cowdrey 114 7,624 44.06 1954–1975
22 Geoff Boycott 108 8,114 47.72 1964–1982
22 Ian Bell 118 7,727 42.69 2004–2015
7 21 Andrew Strauss 100 7,037 40.91 2004–2012
8 20 Ken Barrington 82 6,806 58.67 1955–1968
20 Graham Gooch 118 8,900 42.58 1975–1995
10 19 Len Hutton 79 6,971 56.67 1937–1955
Source:[9]. Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Highest individual scores[edit]

No. Score Batsmen Against Stadium Place Year
1 364 Len Hutton  Australia The Oval England London 1938
2 336* Wally Hammond  New Zealand Eden Park New Zealand Auckland 1933
3 333 Graham Gooch  India Lord's England London 1990
4 325 Andy Sandham  West Indies Sabina Park Jamaica Kingston 1930
5 310* John Edrich  New Zealand Headingley England Leeds, 1965
6 294 Alastair Cook  India Edgbaston England Birmingham 2011
7 287 R. E. Foster  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground Australia Sydney 1903
8 285* Peter May  West Indies Edgbaston England Birmingham 1957
9 278 Denis Compton  Pakistan Trent Bridge England Nottingham 1954
10 263 Alastair Cook  Pakistan Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 2015
Source:.[10] Last updated: 15 August 2016.

Most career wickets[edit]

Rank Wickets Player Matches Average Years
1 467 James Anderson 122 28.50 2003–present
2 383 Ian Botham 102 28.40 1977–1992
3 368 Stuart Broad 102 28.54 2007–present
4 325 Bob Willis 90 25.20 1971–1984
5 307 Fred Trueman 67 21.57 1952–1965
6 297 Derek Underwood 86 25.83 1966–1982
7 255 Graeme Swann 60 29.96 2008–2013
8 252 Brian Statham 70 24.84 1951–1965
9 248 Matthew Hoggard 67 30.50 2000–2008
10 236 Alec Bedser 51 24.89 1946–1955
Source:[11]. Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Most five wickets in an innings[edit]

Rank 5s Player Matches Wickets BBI Average Years
1 27 Ian Botham 102 383 8/34 28.40 1977–1992
2 24 Sydney Barnes 27 189 9/103 16.43 1901–1914
3 21 James Anderson 122 467 7/43 28.50 2003–present
4 17 Graeme Swann 60 255 6/65 29.96 2008–2013
17 Fred Trueman 67 307 8/31 21.57 1952–1965
17 Derek Underwood 86 297 8/51 25.83 1966–1982
7 16 Bob Willis 90 325 8/43 25.20 1971–1984
8 15 Alec Bedser 51 236 7/44 24.89 1946–1955
15 Stuart Broad 102 368 8/15 28.54 2007–present
10 13 Andy Caddick 62 234 7/46 29.91 1993–2003
13 Angus Fraser 46 177 8/53 27.32 1989–1998
BBI - Best Bowling in an Innings. Source:.[12] Last updated: 20 December 2016.

Best bowling in an innings[edit]

No. Figures Bowler Against Stadium Place Year
1 10/53 Jim Laker vs.  Australia Old Trafford England Manchester 1956
2 9/28 George Lohmann vs.  South Africa Old Wanderers South Africa Johannesburg 1896
3 9/37 Jim Laker vs.  Australia Old Trafford England Manchester 1956
4 9/57 Devon Malcolm vs.  South Africa The Oval England London 1994
5 9/103 Sydney Barnes vs.  South Africa Old Wanderers South Africa Johannesburg 1913
6 8/7 George Lohmann vs.  South Africa St George's Park South Africa Port Elizabeth 1896
7 8/11 Johnny Briggs vs.  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town 1889
8 8/15 Stuart Broad vs.  Australia Trent Bridge England Nottingham 2015
9 8/29 Sydney Barnes vs.  South Africa The Oval England London 1913
10 8/31 Fred Trueman vs.  India Old Trafford England Manchester 1952
Source:.[13] Last updated: 15 August 2016.

Most dismissals as wicket-keeper[edit]

Rank Dismissals Player Matches Catches Stumpings Span
1 269 Alan Knott 95 250 19 1967-1981
2 256 Matt Prior 79 243 13 2007-2011
3 241 Alec Stewart [a] 82 227 14 1990-2003
4 219 Godfrey Evans 91 173 46 1946-1959
5 174 Bob Taylor 57 167 7 1971-1984
6 165 Jack Russell 54 153 12 1988-1998
7 133 Geraint Jones 34 128 5 2004-2006
8 112 Jim Parks [b] 43 101 11 1954-1968
9 95 Les Ames [c] 44 72 23 1929-1939
10 92 Dick Lilley 35 70 22 1896-1909
Source:.[14] Last updated: 15 August 2016.

Note:Some of the players listed have played as both a wicket-keeper and regular fielder, so figures in each table may not match their overall career totals. Matches is the number of Tests as designated keeper, rather than the total number of appearances.[15]

  1. ^ Stewart has another 36 catches as a fielder, for a total of 263 catches and 277 dismissals in 133 matches.
  2. ^ Parks has another 2 catches as a fielder.
  3. ^ Ames has another 2 catches as a fielder.

Most catches as fielder[edit]

Rank Catches Player Matches Span
1 141 Alastair Cook 130 2006–present
2 121 Andrew Strauss 100 2004–2012
3 120 Ian Botham 120 1991–2001
120 Colin Cowdrey 114 1954–1975
5 110 Wally Hammond 85 1927–1947
6 105 Graham Thorpe 100 1993–2005
7 103 Graham Gooch 118 1975–1995
8 100 Ian Bell 118 2004–2015
9 95 Paul Collingwood [a] 68 2003–2011
95 Marcus Trescothick 76 2000–2006
Source:.[16] Last updated: 20 December 2016.
  1. ^ Collingwood also has 1 catch as wicketkeeper

Partnership records[edit]

Highest wicket partnerships (by wicket)[edit]

No. Score Batsmen Against Stadium Place Year
1 359 Len Hutton & Cyril Washbrook vs.  South Africa Ellis Park South Africa Johannesburg 1948
2 382 Len Hutton & Maurice Leyland vs.  Australia The Oval England London 1938
3 370 Bill Edrich & Dennis Compton vs.  South Africa Lord's England London 1947
4 411 Peter May & Colin Cowdrey vs.  West Indies Edgbaston England Birmingham 1957
5 254 Keith Fletcher & Tony Greig vs.  India Brabourne Stadium India Mumbai 1973
6 399 Ben Stokes & Jonny Bairstow vs.  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town 2016
7 197 M.J.K. Smith & Jim Parks vs.  West Indies Queen's Park Oval Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain 1960
8 332 Jonathan Trott & Stuart Broad vs.  Pakistan Lord's England London 2010
9 163* Colin Cowdrey & Alan Smith vs.  New Zealand Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington 1963
10 198 Joe Root & James Anderson vs.  India Trent Bridge England Nottingham 2014
Source:.[17] Last updated: 7 August 2016.

Highest wicket partnerships (by runs)[edit]

No. Wicket Score Batsmen Against Stadium Place Year
1 4th wicket 411 Peter May & Colin Cowdrey vs.  West Indies Edgbaston England Birmingham 1957
2 6th wicket 399 Ben Stokes & Jonny Bairstow vs.  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town 2016
3 2nd wicket 382 Len Hutton & Maurice Leyland vs.  Australia The Oval England London 1938
4 3rd wicket 370 Bill Edrich & Dennis Compton vs.  South Africa Lord's England London 1947
5 2nd wicket 369 John Edrich & Ken Barrington vs.  New Zealand Headingley England Leeds 1965
6 1st wicket 359 Len Hutton & Cyril Washbrook vs.  South Africa Ellis Park South Africa Johannesburg 1948
7 2nd wicket 351 Graham Gooch & David Gower vs.  Australia The Oval England London 1985
8 3rd wicket 350 Ian Bell & Kevin Pietersen vs.  India The Oval England London 2011
9 8th wicket 332 Jonathan Trott & Stuart Broad vs.  Pakistan Lord's England London 2010
10 2nd wicket 331 Tim Robinson & David Gower vs.  Australia Edgbaston England Birmingham 1985
Source:.[18] Last updated: 7 August 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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